Who would have thought a dinner table conversation would lead to over 40 years of being part of the Hospice.
The past 40 years hold many cherished memories. These include watching my children dig the first sod for the Hospice, writing Hospice shopping lists and securing donors to buy bricks, sheets, ambulances.
Jumble sales and fashion shows evolved into a charity shop. The first shop was a former outhouse in the Hospice grounds. The shop was so successful that larger premises had to be found. It was not politically correct for men to try trousers on in the car park!
In 1984 I became the manager of St Gemma’s charity shop on Harehills Lane. From small beginnings our Hospice has grown from strength to strength. We now have 23 charity shops.
I will never tire from feeling the buzz of raising funds to enable Hospice care to be provided. I am very proud of the Harehills team and their endless dedication, and all the fellow fundraisers I have met along the way.